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Depression 'widespread' in AFL, says Collingwood's Alex Fasolo | Sport

Forward opens up on his mental health issuesReveals he saw death ‘as an escape fantasy’Collingwood forward Alex Fasolo says mental health struggles are hugely widespread across the AFL, which he says is ignorant to the challenges. Fasolo has written about his battle with depression for the first time, detailing episodes where he would sit in his car and cry before and after training.In a courageous and frank piece, Fasolo described days when he dreaded waking up, drank to excess, hid his true fe...

Malaysia to host Socceroos' crucial World Cup playoff against Syria | Football

First leg to be played at Hang Jebat Stadium in MalaccaReturn leg set for ANZ Stadium five days later on 10 OctoberThe Socceroos have been spared a gruelling trip to the Middle East after the Asian Football Confederation confirmed the first leg of the World Cup qualifying playoff against Syria will be played in Malaysia.Football Federation Australia has been informed the tie will be played at Malacca’s Hang Jebat Stadium on 5 October and not in Qatar or the United Arab Emirates, the preferred lo...

Trouble flares at Maribor as Spartak Moscow fans launch flare at referee | Football

• Missile apparently aimed at referee Deniz Aytekin on Maribor pitch• Uefa could take action against Russian clubSpartak Moscow face Uefa censure after a flare was fired on to the pitch by their fans during their 1-1 Champions League draw at Maribor in Slovenia. The crowd trouble comes as concerns grow about hooliganism at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.During a goalless first half, filled with missed opportunities, a flare was fired from the Spartak supporters massed at one end of the g...

Golovkin v Álvarez: the real deal after the Mayweather v McGregor sideshow | Kevin Mitchell | Sport

The upcoming fight in Las Vegas between the aggressive Kazakh and the wily Mexican has the look of a bout from boxing’s golden ageIt is time for boxing to fix its house. Two weeks after Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor did each other a mutual favour in a cross-discipline public spar that delivered them an estimated $400m to share (the Irishman getting a quarter slice), Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Álvarez meet in the same ring on Saturday night to decide who is the best middleweight in ...

Graham Taylor involved in sexual abuse cover-up at Aston Villa, inquiry told | Football

• Taylor alleged to have discouraged victim from reporting what had happened• Allegations relate to abuse by Villa scout Ted Langford in the late 1980sThe independent inquiry into football’s sexual-abuse scandal has heard claims that Graham Taylor, the former England manager, was involved in a cover-up at Aston Villa which led to other boys being exposed to a paedophile who was working for the club as a scout and later convicted of a string of offences over a 13-year period.Taylor is alleged to ...

Unstoppable Cleveland Indians set baseball record with 21st straight win | Sport

Cleveland break American League mark for consecutive victoriesAll-time major league streak of 26 was set by 1916 New York GiantsThe Cleveland Indians won their 21st straight game on Wednesday, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to set a AL winning-streak record and join only two other teams in the past 101 years to win as many consecutive games.Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer off Buck Farmer as the Indians matched the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest streak since 1900. The run has put Clevelan...

Essex close in on title while Sangakkara scores seventh century | Sport

If Essex win, and Lancashire do not, Essex win title for first time in 25 yearsKumar Sangakkara scores brilliant century for Surrey against Yorkshire 8.06pm BST We now know this much: if Essex beat Warwickshire and Lancashire fail to beat Somerset, Essex – after 25 years, and having been promoted last year – will be the county champions, and with two games to spare. Both outcomes are likely, and would have ramifications at the foot of Division One, too: Somerset would take their greatest step ye...

Life’s complex enough. I fear your next iPhone will make things worse | John Harris | Opinion

The iPhone X is a thing of beauty, but I wonder about its true value. We’re putting ourselves at the mercy of systems we barely understandIt was just before 10am, Pacific time, yesterday, and as the crowd gathered at the new Steve Jobs Theatre in California for the launch of Apple’s latest products-cum-miracles, they were serenaded with the Beatles’ All You Need Is Love. It had been chosen, presumably, as a signifier of the boomer supremacism still built into Apple’s culture, the company’s bound...

Until my son became dependent, drugs weren't part of my world. I hope they're never part of yours | Tony Trimingham | Opinion

The government wants to waste $20mn on a trial and yet commit only half of that on what people with a drug dependence desperately need: treatment and supportI still remember the moment I discovered my son was a drug addict. I’d just returned home from an overseas trip. Here – the heroic son, a brilliant athlete, loved by all – here he was on the front steps of our house, sobbing uncontrollably. He confessed there and then that he had been injecting heroin for some time. He was 21 years old. Con...

LA is about to discover that democracy and the Olympics don’t mix | Sport

A key point often lost in the criticism of the IOC’s tolerance of tyranny is that by hosting the Olympics, democracies become more authoritarianOn Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee will rubberstamp the plan to hand Paris the 2024 Summer Games while Los Angeles will host in 2028. Given the lack of bids from democratic countries and the increasingly frequent torpedoing of bids by activists and referenda, Olympic boosters are surely thrilled to lock down Paris and LA, two cities in dem...

We Travellers must take a stand against racism, for the sake of our children | Patrick O’Leary | Opinion

Hate crime, hate speech and discrimination by schools and doctors is still rife, new research out this week has warnedIt is almost 17 years to the day since I won a historic case that established in law that Irish Travellers are an ethnic minority and entitled to the same protections as other ethnic minorities in Britain.After the ruling, I stood on the steps outside the court and said: “For the first time in our lives we feel we can proudly and publicly tell everyone we are Irish Travellers.” W...

Hang on to your cash. This dash to digitise payments is dangerous | Brett Scott | Opinion

Banknotes and coins are a public utility, and companies make no profit from their use. Hence the drive for cashlessness – and with it, greater surveillanceSweden leads the world in cashlessness. In doing so it also leads the world in opening its citizens up to fine-grained financial surveillance. “Cashless society” is a euphemism for a “bank payments society”, in which every transaction must be passed through a complex of banks, card companies, phone providers and payments apps.In granting finan...

Republicans are radicalizing Democrats. Just look at healthcare | Lawrence Jacobs | Opinion

Republican efforts to blow up Obamacare may lead to a more leftwing alternative. This may one of the juiciest ironies of the Trump presidencyThe determined push by Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to rollback Barack Obama’s health care reform is radicalizing the Democratic party. The backlash is empowering the progressive wing of the party and forcing moderates to shift toward the left. When the Democrats are back in power – and that day will come – the change will be dramatic.Obama’s ...

Goodbye, Edie Windsor. Thank you for never giving up | Steven W Thrasher | Opinion

Edith Windsor, the LGBT rights icon, packed more into her last decade of life than many people do in a lifetime. She will be sorely missedEdith “Edie” Windsor, the lesbian widow who vanquished the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, has died at the age of 88. She packed more into her last decade of life than many people do in a lifetime.In 2010, she fought back when she got a $363,000 tax bill after her wife died – a bill she wouldn’t have received had she been married to a man. She pressed on eve...

Forget Clooney, Jolie and Denzel: I’ve found the real stars of Toronto’s film festival | Peter Bradshaw | Opinion

I came for the movies, but now I’m hooked on the TLC provided by the T-shirted volunteer army. Just like London in 2012, every city needs oneI am in Toronto for the film festival, having never been to this lovely city before. Perhaps it is an illusion, but some parts of downtown feel the way New York might have done in the 1960s: an old-fashioned friendliness with cosmopolitan charm. And the feelgood factor is promoted by something I have never encountered at any other festival on this scale: vo...

Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin asked for a government jet for his honeymoon | US news

The treasury department is investigating the secretary’s request for a $25,000-per-hour US air force plane to fly him and his wife, Louise Linton, around EuropeSteven Mnuchin, the US treasury secretary, requested the use of a government jet for his European honeymoon, it was reported on Wednesday.The treasury department’s inspector general is investigating Mnuchin’s request for a US air force plane – with a reported operating cost of around $25,000 per hour – to transport him and his wife, Louis...

Myanmar says 40% of Rohingya villages targeted by army are now empty | World news

Spokesman says 176 villages have been cleared by army, as Aung San Suu Kyi pulls out of UN general assemblyScores of villages that were inhabited by Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority are now completely empty, a government spokesman has said.Of 471 villages targeted in “clearance operations” by the Burmese army since late August, 176 were now empty and at least 34 others partially abandoned, Zaw Htay said. Continue reading...

Farewell, competitive commuting: TfL paints zones where tube doors open | UK news

Transport for London trials green paint to indicate where to board in bid to ease congestion – but has provoked the ire of some combative passengers Seasoned London Underground commuters have complained green platform markings indicating where carriage doors will open have ruined their “competitive advantage” at being first on trains. The trial on the Victoria line at Kings Cross station is designed to reduce congestion by encouraging people to avoid green areas on the platform while waiting for...

Eight dead in Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma | US news

Hollywood police chief says deaths were heat-relatedMany Floridians facing new hazards in wake of the stormEight residents at a sweltering nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, raising fears on Wednesday about the safety of Florida’s 4 million senior citizens amid widespread power outages that could go on for days. The Hollywood police chief, Tom Sanchez, said investigators believed the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related, a...

'Repugnant' taco company cashes in on Mexico's child heroes | World news

After a fast food chain lampoons one of the country’s most cherished tales, Mexicans wonder whether if the past is still sacredEvery year, Mexicans pay solemn tribute to los Niños Héroes – six boy soldiers who disobeyed orders to retreat as enemy soldiers advanced during the country’s 1847 war with the US. One of the boys, Juan Escutia, is said to have wrapped himself in the Mexican flag and thrown himself from the ramparts of the Chapultepec Castle to prevent the colours from falling into Ameri...

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